But after whacking it with his large knife several times, Billiter quickly realized that his reptilian rival was no ordinary serpent.
Indeed, Billiter had inadvertently stumbled upon the legendary Cannibalistic Zombie Ouroboros.
"I wanted to take a video of its body moving without its head and within a couple of seconds it bit itself," Billiter told AL.com. "That's some crazy stuff right there."
As crazy as stuff might be right there, Huntsville Animal Services has warned residents not to approach dangerous snakes on their own.
"The ideal thing would be to leave it alone," said director Karen Sheppard. "If you can't leave it alone: Don't handle it, don't touch it, go inside and call us."
Meh. Too sensible.